Taking another route to get close to someone isn’t flattering or suave. It’s called deception masked in “innocence.”–Melvin Davis
There are two ways of experiencing love: God’s way and your way. Unfortunately, those who don’t wait on God take the second route to find love. Impatience drives them venture out of the will of God to find the love. And when you take this route, you’re tempted to deceive, seduce and wiggle your way into someone’s life. Ulterior motives used to get close to someone are forming a “friendship,” “seeking help” or “prayer,” “collaborating,” “counseling,” “partnering,” “pursuing a business opportunity,” and other social means to have one on one time with someone. In the times we live in, I strongly advise you to pray for spiritual discernment, so you aren’t deceived, entangled or led astray by someone’s ulterior motives. There’s a spirit behind ulterior motives and it’s not of God. A spirit I encounter often is the Jezebel spirit. You could always tell the spirit by the characteristics. See Matthew 7:15-20. Many of my devotional posts emphasize the importance of having an intimate relationship with God, to pray for spiritual discernment and seek the gift of discerning of spirits. The Jezebel spirit attempts to control, manipulate, seduce and lure you out of the will of God. The spirit appears to be of God, but if you listen with discernment, you’ll find out that it’s action; behaviors or what they teach about God is inconsistent with the scripture. The Jezebel spirit seeks to fulfill the lust of the flesh. It’s sad to say many believers in Christ are under the influence of the Jezebel spirit. I know you’re thinking how could this be. Well, draw your attention to Matthew 16:23 for a few minutes.
Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to you. But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.”
I read this scripture countless times. It never dawned on me to ask how could satan speak tor have influence through Peter? After all, Peter was a handpicked by Jesus. He sat under His teachings and preaching. He also witnessed signs, wonders and miracles. Then the answer came to mind. When Peter encouraged Christ not to go to Jerusalem, because of the suffering he would face and eventually being crucified on the cross, it was satan who tempted Jesus through Peter to abandon the will of God. Yes, Christians can be used as conduit for the enemy. That’s to say, when you take heart off of Christ, you leave the door open for the adversary to have access to your hear and mind. I want to pray for you.
Father, I ask you in the name of Jesus to cover me with your blood and love.
Expose all forms of deception to me. Destroy every work and plans of the enemy.
I rebuke the Jezebel spirit and any other demonic spirits in the name of Jesus Christ. Flee from me now.
Protect me from spirits of deception, from the enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy me, so I can’t live out my purpose.
Guard my heart with your wisdom
Keep my eyes focused on you and your word
Increase the level my spiritual discernment and bless me with the gift to discern spirits
Reveal all ulterior motives, so that I may detach whoever is sent to hinder and deceive
It’s in Jesus name that I pray, amen!
In the next part of this blog, I’m going to point out visible signs that someone secretly likes you and their covering the real reason they’re in your life. Whether intentional or unintentional, deception is deception.
I also want to say the reality is people are going to be attracted to you for whatever reason. It could be physical attraction, your charisma, intelligence, who you know, what you do, being highly anointed, in a position of power or influence and maybe because you have a strong relationship with God. Whatever God blessed you with, people are going to gravitate toward it. That’s just human nature. So don’t get upset when those you come into contact with are interested in you. That’s a part of being human. There’s nothing wrong liking someone. My point is to refuse to be a distraction the adversary uses to disrupt the progress of God in someone’s life
When the heart wants what the heart wants, and if there isn’t any self-discipline, you will find yourself causing a great deal of confusion in someone’s life. If this is you, confess and repent. Turn to God and apologize to the person you have been a hindrance to.